Resolution J3498-2013

Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the East Islip Fire Department

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  • Feb 11, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 11, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 7, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the East
Islip Fire Department

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commemorate the  125th
Anniversary  of the East Islip Fire Department and to honor its past and
present firefighting members for more than a century of fire  protection
to  the  citizens  of East Islip, New York, and its surrounding communi-
ties; and
  WHEREAS, The members of the East Islip Fire Department will  celebrate
this  momentous  occasion at its Annual Installation of Officers Dinner,
on Saturday, February 22, 2014, to be held at Upsky Long  Island  Hotel,
Hauppauge, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Fire departments are an integral part of community protection
services  in every locality of our State; during the past 125 years, the
courageous and devoted firefighters of the East  Islip  Fire  Department
have  valiantly  responded to all types of fire emergencies and have won
the praise and respect of the community which they serve; and
  WHEREAS, The East Islip Fire  Department  was  officially  founded  on
April  4,  1889,  when 31 members of the community came together to form
Hook and Ladder Company  No.  1;  two  years  later,  the  fire  company
responded  to a fire at the home of S.T. Peters, who was so grateful, he
provided the firefighters with their first hose; the company subsequent-
ly became known as Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and  S.T.  Peters  Hose
Company; and
  WHEREAS, The Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 and S.T. Peters Hose Compa-
ny were officially designated as the East Islip Fire Department on Janu-
ary 12, 1892; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1927, the current home of the firehouse was built out of
solid brick on an acre of land, and  the  old  firehouse  was  moved  to
Somerset  Avenue  where  it still stands today as an occupied residence;
and
  WHEREAS, The East Islip Fire Department helped combat the Pine Barrens
brush fire in 1995, which consumed roughly 7,000 acres of brush  on  the
east end of Long Island; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, when Hurricane Sandy ravaged East Islip and the
surrounding areas in 2012, the members of the East Islip Fire Department
brought immediate aid to those in need, and worked tirelessly to restore
their beautiful community; and
  WHEREAS, Today, the 125 members of the East Islip Fire Department  are
proudly  celebrating  125 years of continuous service in one of the most
respected Fire Departments in New York State; and
  WHEREAS, With a membership of dedicated firefighters,  the  record  of
the  East Islip Fire Department in public service and fire protection is
one to be envied; for 24 hours a day, for  365  days  a  year,  for  125
years,  whenever  the  alarm  sounded, these noble volunteers left their
homes and went to the aid of their neighbors; and
  WHEREAS, The brave firefighters of the East Islip Fire Department  are
prepared  to risk their lives every day to help save the lives of others
and to protect homes and property from the destruction caused  by  fire;
and
  WHEREAS,  In addition to the skill and devoted service demonstrated by
individual firefighters, the East Islip  Fire  Department  reflects  the
history and development of firefighting over the past 125 years; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body cannot express sufficient gratitude to
those devoted individuals who recognize that the  preservation  of  life
and property is a sacred responsibility and who make that responsibility
their own by serving as firefighters; and

  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that we should give
special recognition to those who work so assiduously for the  betterment
of  their  communities,  and  acknowledge publicly the heroic good works
performed by the volunteer fire departments of this great Empire  State,
their officers and auxiliaries; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
proudly commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the East Islip Fire Depart-
ment; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the East Islip Fire Department.

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